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ERIC Number: EJ1161635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Service, Comfort, or Emotional Support? The Evolution of Disability Law and Campus Housing
Bauman, Mark; Davidson, Denise L.; Sachs, Michael C.; Kotarski, Tegan
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v40 n1 p142-157 2013
Comprehension and application of law in campus housing settings can be a daunting task. Though challenging, a basic understanding of law and how it applies to residence life and housing environments within institutions of higher education is crucial. This article provides an historical evolution of three laws that have direct bearing on campus housing: section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (and the amendments act of 2009), and the Fair Housing act of 1968 (and the amendments act of 1988). A closer examination of an emerging trend is also provided, namely the increasing number of requests for emotional support animals and how this may or may not align with applicable federal laws. This article concludes with implications for practice where we encourage residence life and housing professionals, among other things, to view these various laws only as minimum requirements and to find ways to far exceed these basic mandates. [Discussion questions developed by Mark Smiley, graduate student, Virginia Tech.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); Civil Rights Act 1964
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A